Say something about yourself?
My work suggests a constructed space of fantasy and loss within the magical potential of transformation and fiction the camera allows. As an artist, I have aesthetical questions that are in the forefront of my thinking at any given time, the questions I work on. My work revolves around memory and loss and is strongly connected with my homeland Greece which has an archetypical aura and ambiguous personal importance. I work in analogue medium format photography. Recently, I received The Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary Award for continuing with my photographic work the year ahead.
What is this series?
In the effort to let go of the human obsession for order and rhythm, I led myself adrift in the big wide world. Being away, lost in the strangeness of the unfamiliar, I constantly looked for home but never returned to it. It is said that tortoises crawl about on red earth, going nowhere in plenty of time. They carry their own home with them forever. The power of recalling and rebuilding memory from the nonexistent. Where there is no place to go and nothing to become; the being-ness of human freedom.
How/When did you start this series?
Turtles started in parallel with my latest series Aidos and has been developing as a separate long-term body of work since then.
What message do you want to tell the audience?
I like to see my work as a series of images that provide a thorough map of what amounts to a set of movements in space and time. What is important to me is to find a personal connection with an external meaning and express through it an internal vision to the world.
Any news or updates?
Part of my work is currently exhibited in A Case for Place Annual Winter Show of Gallery Steel Rooms in Yorkshire and in Photo-graphe: Between the Visual and the Literary exhibition at The Benaki Museum in Athens. My work will be included in Head On Photo Festival in Sydney next May. I am currently completing an MA Photography at The Royal College of Art in London.
Ioanna Sakellaraki’s work suggests a constructed space of fantasy and loss within the magical potential of transformation and fiction the camera allows. She has exhibited her work in three solo exhibitions and several photography festivals including Athens Photo Festival, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival and Retina Scottish International Photography Festival among others. Recently, she received The Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary Award 2018.